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Beer & Travel: Ashes Special

Beer & Travel: Ashes Special

You can tell the Ashes are about to start. Not because of the rabid press coverage both here and in the UK or the arrival on TV of Warnie, which one Twitterer has suggested is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. No, it’s because Stone & Wood have already had to send emergency Draug…

November 25, 2010 by Crafty Pint


Oscar's Turns Two

November 25, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It turns out that if you build it, they will come. After all, if someone had told you a few years ago they planned to open a craft beer bar on the edge of the Yarra Ranges – in the home of Puffing Billy to boot – you’d have wished them good luck and hoped they had the money to lose…


Mixing On The Mount

November 24, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The genie’s out of the bottle: beer cocktails have reached the hills! Just weeks after Crafty revealed Beer DeLuxe had launched a range of beer cocktails, some using beer as an ingredient, others featuring hop-infused spirits, Kelly’s in Olinda has announced plans to introduce a beer coc…


Howling At The Moon

November 23, 2010 by Crafty Pint

First, a reminiscence. Back in June, while following the exploits of the Beer Ambassadors as they toured America’s craft breweries, Crafty had a thought: “Someone in Australia should set up a brewery that only makes ridiculously out there beers. They should sod the 4.5% pale, the wheat b…


Calling All Brewers

November 22, 2010 by Crafty Pint

In 2010, most of the major awards went overseas, so now it’s time for Aussie brewers to try and bring the trophies back home. Entries for the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards open next month (December 10), giving our homegrown brewers the chance to pit their beers against the finest f…


Craft Beer H100: Mt Goat

November 19, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Votes are pouring in for this year’s Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll – and choosing just five does appear to be proving tricky. One friend of Crafty restricted himself to beers he’d tasted for the first time in 2010 and, apparently: “It’s still bloody hard”. …


Lambs Go Bar Gone

November 18, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Rumours have swirled for some time that one of Melbourne’s iconic beer bars was under threat. The leaseholders of the Lambs Go Bar, in Fitzroy, were aware that the building’s owner was considering taking it in a different direction and now those rumours have become fact, with their lease…


Beer & Food: Double Trouble Chicken

November 18, 2010 by Crafty Pint

We’re delighted to bring you our first homespun recipe, courtesy of Crafty reader Jenn Davidson, wife of November’s Blogger of the Month James and a fairly recent convert to the world of craft beer. Inspired in part by Masterchef and by visits to Australian microbreweries where they were…


East Coast Cruisin' Pt II

November 17, 2010 by Crafty Pint

If losing one’s grip on the concept of time is one hazard of an ambitiously scheduled road trip, so is the need to take in sights at warp speed. The drive up to Mount Tamborine from the Gold Coast is truly stunning, with incredible vistas unveiling themselves at every turn. But, having left By…


A Taste Of The Exotic

November 15, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Drinkers in Melbourne will be able to get a taste of something a little different later this week when a pop-up version of the Shebeen Bar opens. Taking its name from the illicit bars that sprung up in South Africa during apartheid, the full version is due to open in Melbourne’s CBD in 2011, s…

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